Guatemalan Boy Missing in the Desert, as His Mother Clings To Hope
|Nelson Omar is the child in the center, wearing the Spider Man T-shirt...|
New American Media recently published a heartbreaking story by reporter Valeria Fernandez about a young Guatemalan boy who may have been left behind in the desert by smugglers, and who is now feared dead.
Thirteen-old Nelson Omar last spoke with his mother, Phoenix resident Fermina Lopez, two months ago before he was set to cross into the U.S. He told her his group would be going through Sonoita, Arizona.
But the next call Lopez received was from the group's guide, who told Nelson's mother the boy had been left behind with an older woman who couldn't walk. The coyote told Lopez the boy didn't want to leave the woman to die.
|A photo of a younger Nelson Omar. The boy is now thirteen.|
Whether the coyote's tale is true or not, Nelson is missing, and there is a decomposed body of a young boy at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office that could be him.
The coroner needs photos of the boy smiling to make an I.D., so examiners can see the child's teeth.
Sadly, Fernandez writes that, "In the pictures Lopez has of her son, he is not smiling."
A DNA test could be done to determine whether or not the child is Nelson, but that could cost as much as $1,000.
Lydia Guzman, president of the civil rights coalition Somos America, is raising funds to pay for the DNA test. Lopez told Fernandez that she believes her son is still alive. The DNA test would at least confirm whether or not she can keep hoping that Nelson is among the living.
Those interested in contributing should call Guzman's other organization Respect/Respeto at 1-877-977-8869. Please also read Fernandez's entire article, here, for more details.